Eye on Big Four op­por­tu­ni­ties

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Kenya should make more ef­forts to iden­tify its com­pet­i­tive edge, diplo­mat tells co­op­er­a­tion fo­rum

Ac­cord­ing to Guo Ce, the eco­nomic and com­mer­cial coun­selor of the Chi­nese em­bassy in Kenya, the Chi­nese hope to in­crease their in­vest­ments in the coun­try.

“We want to grow to­gether,” he told the fo­rum, adding that the large trade deficit be­tween the two coun­tries in fa­vor of China is a re­sult of mar­ket dy­nam­ics of de­mand and sup­ply.

Guo em­pha­sized that China is ea­ger to build a sus­tain­able, mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship with the re­gional gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion East African Com­mu­nity and, as a re­sult, has been pro­mot­ing pro­grams such as peo­pleto-peo­ple ex­changes as well as cul­tural and train­ing ini­tia­tives that have seen more than 500 young peo­ple and civil ser­vants re­ceive train­ing in China.

“The mas­ter’s and doc­toral de­gree pro­grams have seen an uptick in the num­ber of Kenyan stu­dents un­der­tak­ing pro­grams in pres­ti­gious Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties un­der the gov­ern­ment schol­ar­ships.”

Guo urged the coun­try to iden­tify its com­pet­i­tive edge and par­tic­i­pate in the China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo in Shang­hai, to be held in Novem­ber, say­ing that it will be a great op­por­tu­nity for Kenya to show­case its prod­ucts on a global plat­form.

Ma r g a r e t Mwakima, the prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary of Kenya’s Min­istry of Tourism and Wildlife, told the fo­rum that Kenya is work­ing closely with China to beef up se­cu­rity and wildlife con­ser­va­tion ef­forts, which is con­sid­ered cru­cial to the tourism sec­tor. Her re­cent visit to Shang­hai re­sulted in a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Shang­hai In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies to pro­vide a high-tech, in­te­grated sur­veil­lance sys­tem to map the move­ment of wildlife — par­tic­u­larly ele­phants — ve­hi­cles and hu­mans around pro­tected ar­eas to en­hance se­cu­rity against poach­ers and to curb hu­man-wildlife con­flict.

“China is not only in­vest­ing, but also con­tribut­ing to con­ser­va­tion ef­forts,” she said.

Mwakima said her min­istry is work­ing to­ward in­creas­ing the num­ber of Chi­nese vis­i­tors to 1 mil­lion by 2020.

John­stone Kavu­ludi, chair­man of Kenya’s Na­tional Po­lice Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, said mea­sures are in place to in­crease se­cu­rity around na­tional projects such as the stan­dard gauge rail­way, as well as Chi­nese prop­erty and in­di­vid­u­als.

Zhuo Wu, chair­man of the Kenya Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce, told the fo­rum that the lo­cal Chi­nese busi­ness com­mu­nity is ready to part­ner with lo­cal coun­ter­parts to in­crease in­vest­ments and trade be­tween the two coun­tries.

On the is­sue of af­ford­able hous­ing, the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Kenya can play an im­por­tant role and ben­e­fit both par­ties, said He Xiang, gen­eral man­ager of Jiangxi Wa­ter and Hy­dropower Con­struc­tion Kenya Ltd, at the fo­rum. He said Chi­nese com­pa­nies have full ad­van­tage of cap­i­tal and tech­nol­ogy in the field of hous­ing, and can pro­vide a bas­ket of so­lu­tions from de­sign and pro­duc­tion of build­ing ma­te­ri­als to stan­dard­iza­tion of build­ing tech­nolo­gies and also have ad­vances in pro­ject man­age­ment and fi­nance.

“We be­lieve that with in­creased sup­ports and col­lab­o­ra­tions from both Chi­nese and Kenyan gov­ern­ments and the pri­vate sec­tors, we will con­tinue to co­op­er­ate to­gether and help Kenyan gov­ern­ment push for­ward its vi­sion 2030 and the big Four agenda smoothly and suc­cess­fully,” he said.

LUCIE MORANGI / CHINA DAILY

Guo Ce, eco­nomic and com­mer­cial coun­selor of the Chi­nese em­bassy in Kenya.

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